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Create website with best CMS?

First of all, there is no the best one for all needs and requirements. Choosing the best CMS suitable for your project can be a long process.

Consider some criteria for CMS:

  • costs
  • simplicity
  • flexibility
  • support
  • features

Depending on your budget first you have to decide if you want to pay license costs. If not, the only way for you is to choose an open source system like CMS Made Simple. There are hundreds of open source CMS out there. And they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Another aspect is how simple it is to use for non-technical users. This aspect is only important if you do not have special knowledge yourself or the content of your website must be added and edited by non-technical editors. If you are a technical and the only one person who will edit content of the website you can omit the aspect while choosing CMS. For CMS Made Simple - no special knowledge is required for the editor.

What about design? CMS puts dynamic content into design. Is it important for you to have maximum flexibility by creating design? If yes, you do have to choose the systems where design templates are created with HTML and CSS. In CMS Made Simple you can add any HTML template without any restrictions. If design is something you do not care about you can omit this criteria as well.

Support is important if you encounter difficulties while building or running your website. If you have any paid CMS support is mostly included into license. Using open source system you have to check if there is a community (e.g. support forum) built from developers and users of the system. No community for the chosen CMS or even dead community with no activity is a bad choice and makes you to single combat.

Last and most important aspect considers features included into CMS. Let's compare 4 different CMS depending on the major intention of your website:

Drupal - is suitable for community sites where the content is mostly added by the site visitors. It is fully oversized for small or even middle websites where only some people will add and edit content.

Joomla - is suitable for small websites and communities at the same time. But it is difficult to integrate individual design into Joomla, you will need PHP and XML knowledge to do it and that is the reason why a lot of Joomla websites look similar.

Typo - is suitable for content projects and is extremely difficult to understand for non-technical people. Using Typo you have to plan some weeks for basic understanding how it works before you can start with the project.

Wordpress - is a blogging system and is not suitable for creating company websites.

CMS Made Simple - is suitable for small and middle content sites. It is not appropriate for large communities. But it is extremely flexible in design and also very easy to understand for non-technical editors.

You see, there is no answer to the question what is the best CMS in general. But you can find out the best CMS for you individual website.


Comments to "Create website with best CMS?"

  1. Martin Granger August 20, 2009, 12:20 pm

    Hi there,

    I think that your comments above are VERY misleading!

    I run a commercial web design company in the UK, and I use both CMS Made Simple AND Wordpress to build commercial sites.

    You stated that "Wordpress - is a blogging system and is not suitable for creating company websites." I must dissagree with this point entirely.

    I have found that I am now using Wordpress more and more for building my commercial sites. I have even converted my own website from a CMSMS site to a Wordpress one.

    Here are three examples of Wordpress sites that I have buit:
    www.your-web-designer.co.uk
    www.truescale.co.uk
    www.martingranger.org.uk - an e-commerce site built with Wordpress.

    I think that you will agree that Wordpress is a viable commercial tool for building CMS sites.


  2. Sofia August 20, 2009, 2:06 pm

    @Martin: My point of view is - use dedicated software for dedicated purposes. I DO NOT recommend using Wordpress for building company websites or e-commerce sites. As I DO NOT recommend using CMS Made Simple for blog or sophisticated e-commerce as well. Note, I do not say: "It is not possible".

    This article is something for beginners. During my work I daily experience, how "false" choice at the beginning can negatively affect the whole project.

    As advanced user you are able to setup Wordpress as e-commerce. Congratulations! For beginners, I would recommend setuping oCommerce for this purpose.

    An example from the real life: If I have permanently to transport 10 tons with my little car, I can use a car trailer. It is cumbersomely but it works. Alternatively I can use a dedicated solution like a truck that better suits for my daily needs.

    Hope you can understand my point.


  3. Vrytek September 24, 2009, 10:40 am

    I arrived here after a search on google for "best cms to create a website not blog" and I found your post very useful indeed. I'm considering Drupal or Joomla cause Wordpress seems to be great for blogs, but not for a website.

    Having said that, Martin Granger's Wordpress sites look great, especially the Truescale one.


  4. Martin granger September 24, 2009, 11:04 am

    Thanks for the kind comments vrytec! I am working on another wordpress site at www.resultsconditioning.com .

    The reason I am using wordpress for the Results Conditioning site is because there is a wordpress plugin thy allows me to create members only areas on the site. To become a member you have to pay a monthly subscription fee which integrates nicely with paypal.

    It is plugins such as the one I just described that have made me work more with wordpress these days.


  5. Dave January 2, 2010, 9:11 pm

    CMSMS vs. Wordpress, interesting thread!

    I have to kind of agree with everybody here but putting this discussion in the context of the ORIGINAL article I believe Sofia touched on the reason I too would recommend CMSMS over Wordpress for a TRUE BEGGINER and ECSPCIALLY for sites that people with no tech experience will be editing.

    Wordpress is relatively easy to use and very popular. It has a lot of pluggins and mods available and can be adapted to non blog sites with minimal editing. This why I chose Wordpress to do a site for a friend of mine who knows nothing about html or web creation.

    My friend is having a problem grasping the difference between a Post and a Page in Wordpress and I have to go behind him and fix the site anyway. I wish I would have used CMSMS!!!!


  6. Gour D. August 21, 2010, 8:20 am

    Hello!

    After not so successful adventure with Python/Django/Django-CMS, I've decided to use CMSMS...bought book+ebook combo yesterday and skimmed over ebook...

    It's very nice book which will help me to learn a lot about deploying CMSMS (without learning too much PHP).

    Now, I'll use CMSMS for my web site(s), but I'd like to use it for blog as well (don't like WP), so I'm reverting the WP use-case here. ;)


    Sincerely,
    Gour


  7. Joni Mueller December 2, 2010, 1:35 am

    Joomla! is overkill for most small business web sites and certainly for a hobby site, IMHO. I advocate CMSMS for small business and non profit web sites. There's one thing it does really well that WordPress does not, and that is present documents for download, sortable and configurable in any way imaginable.

    @Martin, CMS-MS's FEU (front end user module) has allowed for private, members-only content for a long time without the use of an expensive plugin and it's another reason to choose CMS-MS over WordPress.

    Don't get me wrong. I make my living buildling web sites, and the majority of them, including some business sites, use WP. But the majority of my small business and non profit sites do use CMS-MS.

    I think Sofia should clarify her statements so she's not misunderstood. Any CMS can likely do anything you want it to, if you set your mind to it, and if you are lucky enough to find the right set of plugins to go along with it. But should it? Depends on who is going to be using it in the end. And most of my clients rely on their staff or volunteers to keep sites updated. CMS-MS has a very intuitive backend that they love.

    Both WP and CMS-MS have their place in a designer/developer arsenal. At the end of the day, it's what the best choice for the client is that will drive the decision.

    @Sofia ... I am in the middle of creating a CMS-MS showcase and I'll let everyone know when it's ready. I plan to have a short list of CMS-MS resources and this site will be at the top of that list.

    @Martin: Lovely sites you're developing there. Speaking of showcases, I hope you're promoting them at places like WeLoveWP.com, etc. :)))


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